Top 10 Un-Affordable Care Facts
The only thing you really need to know about Obamacare and Minnesota’s version of Obamacare, MNSure, is that:
Congress and the Minnesota Legislature will not have to use it.
Of course there is much more that is wrong with Obamacare and its Minnesota version, MNSure, but the sheer volume and magnitude of the problems make it hard to sort out. So in the end, this is all you really need to know!
But for those of you trying to keep track and understand the massive implications of this government takeover of our healthcare industry, here’s a top ten.
Like so many other government regulations that the masses just can’t live without, in a quiet move President Obama granted special exceptions to Congress. READ the full story here.
Last week, the private personal data (including social security numbers) of 1600 Minnesota citizens was illegally sent out. Governor Dayton casually brushed it off saying: “There are going to be mistakes, there are going to be glitches…” If the governor’s cavalier attitude doesn’t give you pause, maybe the fact that all of this personal data will eventually end up with the Internal Revenue Service does. Not to worry, Al Franken will help direct the IRS’s use of it.
3. Millions are being forced off the insurance they like and onto Obamacare.
Remember the promise “and if you like your insurance you can keep it”? False advertising. Large national companies like Home Depot and Trader Joe’s are pushing their employees to Obamacare. UPS is dropping coverage for spouses. The first million enrollees to Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange will be forced there from the state’s existing Medical Assistance plan, the high risk insurance plan and MinnesotaCare, our plan for the working poor. Some believe this was the intent of Obamacare’s incentives from the beginning. Single payer here we come? READ the full story here.
4. Costs are going up under Obamacare and MNSure, and unequally on outstate Minnesotans.
Medical devices really have nothing to do with health insurance reform except that President Obama needed to tax them in order to pay for the ongoing costs of Obamacare. Lucky for him, Sen. Al Franken arrived in Washington just in time to cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, including creating a new medical device tax in Minnesota, the hotbed of the medical device industry. Rep. Erik Paulsen has been shining a spotlight on the damage done to Minnesota businesses because of the new medical device tax and is working for its repeal. READ the full story here.
6. The Obamacare implementation appears to be a disaster waiting to happen.
Obamacare is a great example of a government program forced through Congress on a timetable dictated by politics that never had a chance to succeed. Each time the law faced an insurmountable challenge, President Obama unilaterally waived a requirement or extended a deadline in order to keep it moving forward. Here in Minnesota, many red flags have been raised about whether the Obamacare exchange known as MNSure will be able to successfully meet the October 1 deadline for going live. READ the full story here.
The 40 hour work week for many people is now being reduced to 30 hours. Investor’s Business Daily is keeping track of companies across the country making changes to their definition of part time employees in order to avoid the health insurance mandate of Obamacare. The list topped 300 companies last week and is still growing. Several Minnesota organizations are included on the list including the city of Mankato which reduced part time employee hours to below 30 to avoid the Obamacare mandate. READ the full story here.
8. Even the unions want out of Obamacare.
Unions fought hard for their benefits, and they’re not going to give them up just because a president they supported passed a healthcare reform bill. Unions across the country have dealt with Obamacare in two ways: some have asked for and received exemptions from the law and others are speaking out publically against it. Most are concerned they will lose their “Cadillac” insurance plans when the law prohibits them in 2018. Some unions are even passing resolutions against Obamacare. READ the full story here.
9. Obamacare’s economic distress is already being felt as employers are adjusting in advance.
Businesses as well as state and local governments are preparing for the full implementation of Obamacare in ways that are not good for a healthy, growing economy. Obamacare raises taxes, forces people into part-time work and raises the overall cost of healthcare. READ the full story here.
10. We are adopting a Democratic-Socialist model right before our eyes.
Even before full implementation, we are seeing increases in food stamp recipients, high unemployment among young people, lower workforce participation rates and more people living in poverty. A recent report showed over $30,000 of possible annual government benefits are available in many states including Minnesota. Coupled with the move to part time work, it’s no wonder median incomes have dropped. The European model of reducing work and relying more on government benefits is on its way. READ the full story here.
For all these reasons, and more, voice your support to your Congressman to defund and replace Obamacare!